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Alexander Campbell and Emma Maguire in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Vadim Muntagirov and Melissa Hamilton © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Federico Bonelli and Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Vadim Muntagirov in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper

Vadim Muntagirov in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper

Alina Cojocaru in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Emma Maguire, Fumi Kaneko, Leticia Stock, Melissa Hamilton, Gemma Pitchley-Gale, Claire Calvert and Yasmine Naghdi in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Alexander Campbell and Emma Maguire in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Valeri Hristov as The Man and Edward Watson as The Messenger of Death in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Sarah Lamb in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Vadim Muntagirov in Afternoon of a Faun © 2015 ROH. Photo by Bill Cooper

Sarah Lamb in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Samantha Raine, Lauren Cuthbertson and Sarah Lamb in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

Roberta Marquez in Afternoon of a Faun, The Royal Ballet © Dee Conway

Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth

The Royal Ballet's mixed programme brings together two of Jerome Robbins's masterpieces with MacMillan's powerful depiction of love and loss.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Afternoon of a Faun / In the Night / Song of the Earth. It was last on stage 29 May—4 June 2015 as part of the Summer 2014/15 season.

Background

Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) was one of the finest choreographers of the 20th century. In their mixed programme The Royal Ballet dance two of his most characteristic works: Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night. Each is an insightful portrait of human relationships, at turns witty, compassionate and elegiac.

The programme closes with Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth. MacMillan set Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in 1958, creating an elegiac work of breathtaking beauty.

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